Jessie Smith
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Jessie Smith

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Blue Springs, Mo.

High School:
Blue Springs South

Height:
5-9

Position:
Infielder

B/T:
R/R

At Missouri State: Jessie Smith has started all 156 games of her Missouri State career and will once again anchor the middle of the Bears' lineup. The Blue Springs, Mo., native enters her final campaign as MSU's career leader in slugging percentage (.524) and home runs (tie-20).

2008: As a junior, Smith started all 50 games at shortstop and led MSU with a .336 batting average, 27 runs scored, 49 hits and seven triples ... was also solid in the field, committing just five errors in 145 chances ... posted 12 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI outings ... batted .361 with runners on base and posted 13 two-out RBIs ... had 12 hits in 29 at-bats (.414) vs. left-handers ... capped the season by going 7-for-13 (.538) with five runs scored, a homer and four RBIs in MSU's four Missouri Valley Tournament games to lead the Bears to the championship game and pick up all-tournament honors for the second time in three years; went 4-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored in the Bears' opening-round win over Evansville, followed by a 2-for-4, three-RBI day against Southern Illinois (5/8) that included her 20th career dinger to tie Ashley Meredith for the MSU all-time home run record ... came through with a monster 4-for-5 day that included a pair of triples and five RBIs in a 12-4 win over Bradley (4/5) ... hit in eight straight games from Feb. 16-March 2; batted .500 (14-for-28) and posted six multi-hit games during the streak.

2007: Smith led the Bears in six offensive categories: RBIs (27), slugging percentage (.513), homers (7), triples (3), total bases (79), and an MVC-best 17 stolen bases. She batted .286 with 44 hits and recorded a .977 fielding percentage on 174 total chances in her first season at shortstop. Enjoyed a huge game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2/11) scoring four runs, hitting two home runs and racking up nine total bases, all of which were individual team highs for the season. She was named to Central Arkansas Lead-Off Tournament all-tournament team (2/10-11).

2006: Smith took no time proving herself at the Division I level, earning First Team All-MVC honors as a freshman, playing primarily in right field and at first base for the Bears. Smith hit .306 with 49 hits, 10 doubles, two triples, eight home runs, and 29 RBIs. The rookie also drew 21 walks, stole 14 bases, scored a team-leading 40 runs, and posted a .544 slugging percentage for the second-best mark on the team. Her 40 runs tied for third most in the MVC, three sacrifice flies tied for second, 14 stolen bases tied for fourth, 10 doubles tied for sixth, 87 total bases were seventh, 29 RBIs ranked 10th, and her 189 plate appearances were eighth-most in the league. Smith was also fantastic in the field with no errors in 139 chances, for a perfect fielding percentage to tie for the best in the MVC. Smith's home run and three RBIs against Illinois State and 1-for-2 performance against Wichita State in the finals of the MVC Tournament landed her on the all-tournament team.

Background: Smith came to Missouri State as a three-time all-district and all-conference selection, leading the Blue Springs South Jaguars to a tie for the conference title in her senior campaign. Smith led the Jaguars to district titles in her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. Smith holds the school record for most hits, singles and triples.

Personal: Jessica Lee Smith is the daughter of Mark and Karen Smith. She was born January 17, 1987, in Blue Springs, Mo. She is an exercise and movement science major.

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